#1000

Something special happened this week in the world of comics. Action Comics became the longest running comic and the first series to ever reach the coveted issue #1000. In 1938, Action Comics introduced the world to a new hero called Superman and the comic series has run continuously for the past 80 years. When Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the iconic character, the country was still in the grip of the great depression and the world was on the brink of the second world war. He became a symbol of hope that captured the imagination of the public for generations.

One of the reasons that Superman has been able to endure for 80 years is the fact that he has adapted to stay relevant with each new generation. The character may have been born in the comics, but he soon became a staple on radio broadcasts, where he came into the home of millions of Americans. When families starting watching television, George Reeves, flew into homes each week on the small screen as the Man of Steel. Later, the hero made his debut on the big screen with Christopher Reeve. He continues to be portrayed in every medium of entertainment imaginable. Through it all, Superman has become one of the most recognizable characters in the world.

In addition to staying relevant with media and entertainment venues, the character has stayed relevant with society. He started out as social reformer who toppled slum lords and greedy corporations. As the nation reached into space, Superman’s cast of foes became more cosmic in nature. In the current times of political, social, and economic unrest, Superman continues to be just as relevant as ever by representing core values and a symbol of hope.

Now what does any of this have to do with education? Like the character of Superman, educators spend their energy helping others, fighting injustice, and empowering others to reach their dreams. We have also stayed relevant by adapting to the needs of our students and our society by continuously reinventing ourselves and our techniques. While we continually adapt, transform, and reinvent, we also hold firm to our core mission and truth that ALL students can learn and that we will do whatever it takes to reach ALL students. Superman has stood the test of time and continues to inspire young people (and young at heart). Educators have done the same in the real world and to borrow an old phrase, “Real heroes don’t wear capes”. Thanks for being a hero to your students every day!

 

1938                   2018

wordpress4

“If I had to pick a superhero to be, I would pick Superman. He’s everything that I’m not.” – Stephen Hawking

“A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, ‘Jackie, are you scared?’ Of course I’m scared. I’m not Superman.”– Jackie Chan

“My version of Superman is essentially of a guy who has spent his whole life alone.” – Henry Cavill

 

calendar1

  • Monday, April 23: Celebrate Monday Assembly with Special Guest 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, April 24: MET/IEP for N.S. (Benson) 8:15 AM, REED for C.R. (Benson) 2:35 PM, YMAD Ceremony at FHS 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 25: Principals Meeting for 5D at Central Office 8:00-10:00 AM, Administrative Professionals Day!!
  • Thursday, April 26: NO STAFF MEETING, Art Fair (K-4), Music Concert (1st&2nd), Science Fair Displays (Participating Students) 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Monday, April 30: Student of the Month Assembly 9:05 AM, M-STEP Window Opens for grades 3&4, PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

 

  • Thursday, May 3: Staff Meeting(led by Jen Medellin)
  • Friday, May 11: Jon in Lansing during day for MEMSPA Board of Directors, PTA Spring Fling 6:00-8:00 PM (I will be back for the event)
  • Friday, May 18: Rotating Subs for Grade Level Grouping Meetings, F&P Data due in Illuminate(K-4)
  • Monday, May 21: iReadyWindow 3 Opens
  • Wednesday, May 30: Kindergarten Round Up

 

  • Friday, June 1: Garden/Time Capsule Dedication (2:00 PM?)
  • Sunday, June 3: Family Detroit Tigers Game 1:00 PM Sign Up Genius
  • Friday, June 8: Field Day
  • Monday, June 11: 4th Grade Celebration 1:30-3:30 PM (Cirque Amongus)
  • Tuesday, June 12: Kindergarten Celebration/Music Concert 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 14: All School Assembly 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Friday, June 15: 4th Grade Clap Out 11:30 AM

Renew, Recharge, Rejuvenate

Every educator knows that creating relationships with students, colleagues, and parents is time well spent during the first month of school. Those relationships become the foundation for everything we do at school and can set the tone for the entire year. But it is vital that we continue to maintain and tend to those relationships throughout the year. Spring can be a stressful time for teachers as it is filled with assessments, evaluations, and trying to fit everything in before the end of the year. One way to help alleviate that stress is to focus on the three R’s of the relationships we have developed.

The first R is for Renew: After spring break, many of our students fall out of their routines as school. Help renew your relationships by reminding them of the expectations and that we care enough about them to hold them accountable. Renewing a relationship can be as simple as “catching up” with students to find out what is happening in their lives. A renewed relationship is a more productive one.

The second R is for Recharge: Relationships require energy. Help recharge your relationships by doing something fun! Perhaps you need to connect with your colleagues for a night out and talk about things other than school. This job is too hard to do on your own. We need support and recharging relationships with colleagues may be just the thing to get you through the tough times.

The third R is for Rejuvenate: This is the time of the year when parents may become lax on reading updates or checking on student homework. Help rejuvenate parent involvement by inviting them into the classroom, asking them to participate with a project, or simply jazz up your communication with some pictures or videos of students. Active parents are great partners to have on your team!

We all do a great job of working on relationships in the fall. Make sure you tend to those relationships in the spring as well by renewing, recharging, and rejuvenating them. If your are successful, those relationships with students, colleagues and parents will have the same positive impact on you!

IMG_6155

wordpress4

“Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler

“A healthy relationship is built on unwavering trust.” – Beau Mirchoff

Books worth Reading

 

Proud of my friend Allyson Apsey for publishing her first book!! 

calendar1

  • Monday, April 16: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM, PTA Board Meeting 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 17: Achievement Team for A.C. (Adams) 8:15 AM, Achievement Team for C.P. (Medellin) 10:00 AM, Parent Meeting for N.A. (Williams) 2:35 PM
  • Wednesday, April 18: Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 19: Collaborative Learning Time 7:50-8:50 AM
  • Friday, April 20: Spring Picture Day
  • Saturday, April 21: PTA Garden Beautification Day (Sign Up Genius)

BIG DATES

  • Wednesday, April 25: Administrative Professionals Day!!
  • Thursday, April 26: Art Fair (K-4), Music Concert (1st&2nd), Science Fair Displays (for participating Students) 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Monday, April 30: M-STEP Window Opens, PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

 

  • Friday, May 11: PTA Spring Fling 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Friday, May 18: F&P Data due in Illuminate (K-4)
  • Monday, May 21: iReady Window 3 Opens
  • Wednesday, May 30: Kindergarten Round Up

 

  • Friday, June 1: Garden / Time Capsule Dedication 2:00 PM (tentative time)
  • Sunday, June 3: Family Detroit Tigers Game at 1:00 PM (Sign Up Genius)
  • Friday, June 8: Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 12: Kindergarten Celebration / Music Concert 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, June 13: 4th Grade Party
  • Thursday, June 14: All-School Assembly 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Friday, June 15: 4th Grade Clap Out 11:30 AM

 

Be The Change

Growing up, one of my heroes was Gandhi. I remember watching the movie of his life in my 9th grade history class and being inspired by his “March to the Sea” where he and his followers marched to protest the British colonial rule of India and their monopoly on salt. It was reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party 150 years earlier. I continued to realize that the people and movements that I admired from history had one thing in common…they acted! Many times this action took the form of marching. From Gandhi’s march to liberate India, to the marches for women’s suffrage, to Dr. King’s march for civil rights, to the current day Women’s March and the student led March for our Lives, the power of people coming together peacefully and uniting for a cause has great power.

Last month, my oldest daughter came to me to let me know what she wanted for her sixteenth birthday. My first thought was that she was all set as she was getting my old car for her birthday, but I thought I would hear her out. What she said surprised me. She said that she wanted to go to Washington D.C. to join the other students for the March for our Lives event, which happened to fall on her birthday. She didn’t want to be a passive supporter, she wanted to take action! I was filled with pride of my daughter and her willingness to act on her beliefs. I told her I would be happy to take her to Washington D.C. for her birthday and march with her. By the time we got tickets for our bus ride to D.C., my youngest daughter had expressed her desire to march as well. My wife, who participated in the Women’s March a year before, also wanted to participate. Soon, our whole family was packed up and ready to march together!

We got on a crowded bus at 11:00 PM and rode through the night. We arrived at Union Station at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 24. After a hasty breakfast, we joined the other 850,000 people who came to march. The rally was crowded, but friendly. The speakers included students from Parkland, Florida and from across the nation. There was even a surprise appearance from Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We met people from all over the country, from every age and every background, united to take action for positive change. My daughter probably had more birthday wishes than she had ever received in her life. After the rally, we marched to the Capitol Building and then ate a quick dinner before getting on the bus for an overnight ride back to Michigan.  Sunday was spent napping and having birthday cake and getting ready for work on Monday. The experience was like a whirlwind and I am still processing it.

As I reflect on the experience, there are some things that stand out to me. First, there is real power when people come together for a united cause. Marching isn’t just symbolic, it’s real action that people take to show solidarity and often is a catalyst for political and societal change. The next thing that stood out to me was that standing up for what you believe in comes with a price. For every glorious march in the history books, there were people who ridiculed, opposed, and even tried to stop the momentum for change. Taking a stand for your beliefs can make you a target for anger and backlash, especially in the age of social media where it is far too easy to strike out in anger and scroll past people who may have opposing views, rather than listening to understand. Finally, I realized how proud I am of my daughters for having the courage of their convictions and taking action for what they believe in. My goal of this post is not to promote a political agenda or sway the reader to my point of view. It’s to show the power we all have when we take action on our beliefs and come together in a positive way.

As a parent and educator, I know the challenges of raising and teaching a strong-willed child. Their stubborn independence and even defiance can be frustrating. However, it’s these strong-willed children that will make this world a better place by following the advice of my hero Gandhi, as they take action and “be the change” they want to see in the world!

IMG_6013

wordpress4

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.”– Susan B. Anthony

“The time is always right to do what is right.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gandhi’s March to the Sea (4 minutes) 

calendar1

  • Monday, April 9: Celebrate Monday Assembly (Reflection) 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, April 10: Achievement Team for G.W. (Hurula) 8:15 AM, Achievement Team meeting with Laura Flis for N.S. 9:30 AM
  • Thursday, April 12: Staff Meeting8:05 AM
  • Monday, April 16: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, April 17: Achievement Team for A.C. (Adams) 8:15 AM, Achievement Team for C.P. (Medellin) 10:00 AM, Parent Meeting for N.A. (Williams) 2:35 PM
  • Thursday, April 19: Collaborative Learning Time7:50-8:50 AM
  • Friday, April 20: Spring Pictures for Lifetouch
  • Saturday, April 21: PTA Garden Beautification 9:00-2:00
  • Monday, April 23: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, April 24: MET/IEP for N.S. (Benson) 8:15 AM, REED for C.R. (Benson) 3:25 PM, Youth Making a Difference Ceremony at Franklin HS 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 25: Administrative Professionals’ Day!! 
  • Thursday, April 26: Art Fair (K-4), Music Concert (Grades 1&2), Science Fair(for participating students) 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Monday, April 30: Student of the Month Assembly9:05 AM, PTA Meeting 7:00 PM,  M-Step Testing Window Opens

Old School

Last summer, I was visiting my hometown of Ludington and while I was there, I came across a store that was selling vintage Atari 2600 systems and game cartridges. The memory of playing Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong as a child came rushing back to me. After a quick impulse buy, I took the system home and set up it up to play. My teenage daughters laughed at the simple graphics and the funny sounds and music. The joysticks were sluggish and simple compared to what they were used to with modern video games. In every way possible, this game system was inferior to what they had grown up with. Yet, they were soon playing the games and having a great time. It wasn’t the graphics or the program designs, it was the joy of competing, sharing, and learning how to play the games together that made it so fun. They were experiencing the same enjoyment I had felt 30 years earlier.

As an educator, I’m a believer in using the best technology we have available to us for creating innovative and engaging lessons for our students. However, it’s not the technology that makes the lesson meaningful, it’s the interaction with the teacher, the collaboration with peers, and the chance to be in charge of their learning that makes the difference. Technology can enhance a lesson and provide new tools for students to use, but the real magic happens from the planning and execution by the teacher.

When it comes to video games, I’m all about the Old School Atari games. When it comes to education, I’m all about innovation and technology mixed with Old School techniques of making connections with students, making learning fun and exciting, and making real-world applications. The best educators will always be those that teach students and not just the curriculum. Like my vintage video games, it’s not about the special effects, it’s about the excitement and the memories. Be sure to create that excitement and make those memories with your students!

IMG_5935

wordpress4

Old School Latin Phrases

“Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus” – Never tickle a sleeping dragon

“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via” – There is no easy way from the earth to the stars

“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi” – I will either find a way or make one

wordpress1

calendar1

  • Monday, March 26: Student of the Month Assembly (Mindfulness) 9:05 AM, Buchanan Garden Walk-Through with Bill Craig & PTA 2:00-3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 27: Achievement Team (Benson) 8:30 AM, “Wild About Reading” Assembly 1:30-2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 28: Reading in the Wild (Science Room), Football Readers in Classrooms 3:00-3:45 PM, Jon & Kristen to Riley for School Improvement Meeting
  • Thursday, March 29: Staff Meeting 8:05 (Grade Level Team Meetings, 3rd&4th Grades with Jon for M-Step Meeting), Reading in the Wild (Science Room), LUNCH provided for ALL staff in lounge (vegetarian options too) (Thank you Todd Davis:)
  • Friday, March 30: No School – Spring Break Begins!!

Big Dates

  • Saturday, April 21: Garden Beautification Day with PTA and Volunteers
  • Thursday, April 26: Art Fair (Grades K-4), Music Concert (Grades 1&2), Science Fair Displays for participating students. Kona Ice Truck out front 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Monday, April 30: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 11: PTA Spring Fling 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 19: Garden Work/Time Capsule (Targeted Date)
  • Sunday, June 3: PTA Tiger’s Baseball Game
  • Friday, June 8: Field Day
  • Tuesday, June 12: Kindergarten Music Concert in afternoon
  • Wednesday, June 13: 4th Grade Celebration
  • Thursday, June 14: All-School Assembly 10:00-11:00 AM, Students dismissed at 12:10
  • Friday, June 15: 4th Grade Clap Out 11:30 AM, Students dismissed at 12:10
  • Monday, June 18: Teacher Work Day (Optional Report Day)

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

Nearly five years ago, I attended a professional development on educational blogging hosted by Michigan principal, Ben Gilpin. That session introduced me to a new world. A world where I reflected on my practices, shared my beliefs, and connected with other educators through a weekly blog. To be honest, I did what most educators do after a PD session…nothing. Luckily for me, I attended the session with a colleague who became my accountability partner. He called me a month later and asked how my blog was going. When I said that I had not started it yet, he invited me over to his school and the two of us sat down in the computer lab and stayed until we each had a blog.

The blog started as a way to give a more dynamic update for my staff. I would still include the upcoming dates, but would include articles, videos, quotes, and most importantly a weekly story that shared an experience I have had, something new I had learned, a mistake I had made, or a belief that I had. For the first several weeks, I’m not sure that anyone read my posts beyond the calendar section. Then one day, a teacher told me that she laughed out loud when she read of my experience as a first grade teacher, because she had a similar experience. Later, another teacher told me that she really appreciated that I shared my mistakes as well as my victories because it helped her get to know me better. My goal of becoming better connected with my staff was starting to happen.

A year later, I went to another PD session on Twitter. My Twitter account led to a new platform for the blog and a much wider audience. I soon found that educators were facing the same issues across the country and even around the world. I was reading and learning from blogs and others were reading mine as well. Then one day, I received an email from Alabama principal, Jennifer Hogan. She and Ohio principal, Craig Vroom had started a group of educational bloggers from across the country called the #CompelledTribe and they wanted to expand the group. They asked me to become a group leader and the three of us would go on to bring new people into the group expanding to over 60 educators from coast to coast. Each month, we write on a common topic and also read, comment, and share one another’s posts. We also connect with one another through Voxer, email, and sometimes in person.

It’s difficult to put into words how much I have grown through the Compelled Tribe. I’ve gained new perspectives from posts, I’ve been exposed to new ideas through conversations, and I’ve been inspired by the sheer energy from the group. These are the movers and shakers of education. Our group includes authors, podcast producers, designers of mentoring programs, and just excellent educators! We are even in discussions about hosting our first national blogging conference. They say your vibe attracts your tribe and in this case, the tribe also continues to generate a vibe of positive energy back to all the members. Education can be challenging and we need systems that will encourage us and help support us . I’m thankful to the Compelled Tribe for helping me to grow and pushing me to be the best educator I can be!  Who is in your tribe?

badge_compelledtribe

Interested in learning more about the Compelled Tribe? Check out the “Compelled Tribe” page on my website to see the members and visit the links to their blogs! 

wordpress4

“It’s important to find your tribe.” – RuPaul

“Ultimately, we actually all belong to only one tribe.” – Jill Tarter

“I want to be the flame the tribe dances around.” – Joe Perry

wordpress5

calendar1

  • Monday, March 19: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM (Led by students)
  • Tuesday, March 20: Achievement Team (Benson) 8:15 AM, Parent Meeting with Achievement Team (Taylor) 2:35 PM
  • Wednesday, March 21: Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM, Jon to PTSA @ Frost 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 22: Staff Meeting 8:05 AM (led by Shayna & Heather), Battle of the Books in Gym (lunch in classrooms), PTA Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 23: Safari Adventure, Jon to ABC Negotiations 1:30 PM

 

  • Monday, March 26: Student of the Month Assembly 9:05 AM (Mindfulness), B.O.G. walk through with Mr. Craig, Jen Medellin, and PTA 2:00-3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 27: IEP for KP (Kurtjian) 8:15 AM, Wild About Reading All-School Assembly 1:30-2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 28: Reading in the Wild (Science Room)
  • Thursday, March 29: Staff Meeting 8:05 AM, Reading in the Wild (Science Room)
  • Friday, March 30: No School! Spring Break Begins!!

BIG DATES

  • Saturday, April 21: PTA Garden Beautification Project
  • Thursday, April 26: Art Showcase (Grades K-4) & Music Performance (Grades 1&2) 6:00-7:30 PM, Science Fair Projects on Display
  • Friday, May 11: PTA Spring Fling 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Friday, May 25: Students & Staff dismissed at 12:10 PM
  • Wednesday, May 30: Kindergarten Round Up
  • Friday, June 8: Field Day 
  • Tuesday, June 12: Kindergarten Celebration/Music Concert 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 14: All School Assembly 10:00-11:00 AM, Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM
  • Friday, June 15: 4th Grade Clap Out  11:30 AM, Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM
  • Monday, June 18: Teacher Work Day (Optional Report)

Balance

When we talk about balance, we may picture a scale with weights on either side that are evenly distributed to demonstrate the need to give equal attention to two areas. These areas may be work/life, personal/professional, physical/emotional, self/others, etc. The problem with this image is that it usually focuses on two areas. In reality, we balance dozens of responsibilities on any given day. As educators, we wear many hats. We are parents, children, teachers, learners, leaders, followers, dreamers and realists. The balancing act gets more complex the more people that depend on us. Unfortunately, the area that usually gets neglected is ourselves, because educators are trained to take care of others first!

Disclaimer: I’m about to give advice on something that I’m not very good at! If balance was easy to find, then we wouldn’t have so many books, speakers, and seminars on how to find it. The one thing I do know is that in order to achieve it, we must be intentional in creating it. Balance doesn’t just happen, it is carefully crafted. I meet with teachers all the time and often give the same advice to people, “Are you holding yourself to the same standards that you hold others to or are you expecting more of yourself?” Many times, teachers are beating themselves up about not getting every child to succeed, or not being the perfect parent or spouse, or simply not being perfect. When they answer the question that they would not expect the same of someone else, it sometimes helps them realize they are holding themselves to unrealistic expectations.

Finding balance isn’t a one time event that we can check off our to do list. It’s something that we need to continually work at and be conscious of. Most importantly, we need to remember to forgive ourselves, take care of ourselves, and treat ourselves as we treat others. So, in the words of my father, “Do as I say, not as I do“, because I’m still working on this balance thing myself!

balance

wordpress4

 “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.” – Thomas Merton

“There is no decision that we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice.” – Simon Sinek

THE POWER OF MOMENTS (4 min)

calendar1

  • Saturday, March 10: Pancake Breakfast & Book Fair Kick Off 9:00-12:00
  • Monday, March 12: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM, Book Fair in the East Commons all week
  • Tuesday, March 13: Achievement Team (Haapala) 8:15 AM, All Administrators Meeting 3:00-4:30 PM, Grades due in by midnight
  • Wednesday, March 14: M-Step Training for Principals 1:30-4:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 15: Collaborative Learning Time 7:50-8:50 AM, Movie in the Gym (for qualifying readers) 1:30-3:30 PM
  • Friday, March 16: Read with a Stuffed Animal Day, Report Card/Reading Proficiency Reports/IRIPS go home with students

 

  • Monday, March 19: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, March 20: Achievement Team (Benson) 8:15 AM
  • Wednesday, March 21: Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM, PTSA @Frost 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 22: Staff Meeting 8:05 AM, Battle of the Books (lunch in rooms), PTA Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 23: Safari Reading Adventure, Jon to ABC Negotiations 1:30-4:00 PM

 

  • Monday, March 26: Student of the Month Assembly 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, March 27: IEP for KP (Kurtjian) 8:15 AM, Wild About Reading Assembly 1:30-2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 28: Reading in the Wild
  • Thursday, March 29: Staff Meeting 8:05 AM, Reading in the Wild
  • Friday, March 30: No School – Spring Break Begins!

 

 

A Drop in the Bucket

Last week, I had the opportunity to take a quick dip in the Detroit River. A large space was cut in the ice, rescue divers were positioned,  and with swimsuit and cape, I jumped into the frigid water. By the time my body was feeling the sting of the icy water, I was already on my way to climbing up the ladder. I was numb for a little while and kept my hooded sweatshirt on even after I had warmed up at home later that day. Why did I go for a river swim in February? To raise money for the Special Olympics!

I had a lot of people tell me I’m crazy. (That was true long before the Polar Plunge). I wanted to help contribute to a good cause, but to be honest, what I did was just a drop in the bucket. I gave up a couple of hours out of my weekend and raised a couple hundred dollars. However, 300 other people also gave up a couple hours that day and they also raised money. By the end of the day, our group had raised over $100,000 for the Special Olympics and we were just one of the many Polar Plunges across the state of Michigan. All those drops in the bucket turned into a tidal wave of positive energy and made a real difference for some pretty special kids!

As educators, we can often feel that all that we do is a single drop in the bucket. That is the truth. Luckily for us, every drop makes a difference and working together we can help fill the buckets that will change lives and shape the future. Take pride when people call you crazy for caring too much and for trying to do the impossible. It’s people like you who give all they have to make sure kids have all they need. Keep putting your drop in the bucket and know that the tidal wave of possibilities will eventually come!

FDA13EC9-BC40-4B8D-8EFF-F23692E98350

wordpress4

“Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.” – Barbara Mikulski

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokow

“What I like to do is make a difference with the work I do.” – David Bowie

calendar1

  • Monday, March 5: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM, Principals Collaborative Time 1:30-4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 6: Homebound Meeting 9:30 AM, REED (Benson) 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 7: Parent Meeting (Ringler/Medellin) 8:30 AM, Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM, PTA Board Meeting 2:30 PM, Kindergarten Parent Information Night 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 8: Staff Meeting (Safety Protocols) 8:05 AM, Tornado Drill 3:30 PM
  • Friday, March 9: Safari Reader Day,  Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM, Teacher Work Day in Building
  • Saturday, March 10: PTA Pancake Breakfast/Book Fair Kick Off 9:00-12:00

 

  • Week of March 12: Scholastic Book Fair in the East Commons
  • Monday, March 12: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, March 13: Achievement Team 8:15 AM, All Administrators Meeting 3:00-4:30 PM, Grades due in by midnight
  • Wednesday, March 14: Principals M-Step Workshop at Central Office 1:30-4:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 15: Collaborative Learning Time 7:50-8:50 AM, Movie in the gym in the afternoon
  • Friday, March 16: Report Cards go home

BIG DATES

  • Thursday, March 22: Battle of the Books (lunch in classrooms)
  • Tuesday, March 27: Wild About Book All-School Assembly 1:30-2:30 PM
  • Friday, March 30: No School – Spring Break Begins!
  • Thursday, April 12: Science Fair (More info to come soon)
  • Saturday, April 21: PTA Garden Beautification Project
  • Thursday, April 26: Art Showcase (Grades K-4) & Music Performance (Grades 1&2) 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Friday, May 11: PTA Spring Fling 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Friday, May 25: Students & Staff dismissed at 12:10 PM
  • Wednesday, May 30: Kindergarten Round Up
  • Friday, June 8: Field Day 
  • Tuesday, June 12: Kindergarten Celebration/Music Concert 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, June 14: All School Assembly 10:00-11:00 AM, Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM
  • Friday, June 15: Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM
  • Monday, June 18: Teacher Work Day (Optional Report)